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Lofting [Paperback]

Alma Marceau
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Book Description

March 2001
LOFTING is the record of a perceptive and intrepid sensualist, one woman's exploration of the thematic catalogue of fin de siecle eroticism. Rendered in compellingly elaborate detail, its scenes of debauch will delight aficionados of exhibitionism, voyeurism, bisexuality, bondage, flogging and other national pastimes.

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"'Lofting' epitomizes intelligent erotica...If I had five thumbs they'd all be up." -- Erotica Readers Association, Review by Lybbe, February 1, 2001

"'Lofting' is everything I want in an erotic novel: fantastic, diverse sex...smart, appealing characters...a barrel of linguistic laughs..." -- Heather Corinna, Scarlet Letters, The Journal of Femmerotica, March 30th, 2001

"...Marceau may be the Melville of the money shot." -- Guy de Michelin, Topologie et Saloperie

"...a strong case can be made for the prompt inclusion of Lofting in the Index Expurgatorius." -- Vatican Review of Literature

"Makes "Vox" read like tea-time chat between Carmelite nuns." —Vasistas "Chivvy" Gonzalez M. -- Tegucigalpa Herald (English edition), June 15, 2001

"More than merely legible, "Lofting" is truly an instrument executed as an authentic act." -- Journal of Notarial Acts, April 1, 2001

"Think "Bridget Jones"—with white-hot sex and compound sentences." -- Porter Moresby, Buellton Bugler, January 6, 2002

Lofting is easily one of the most engaging and addictive works of erotica I've ever read. -- Herdesires.net review by Vikki McKay, March 2001

“A new and potentially significant source of repetitive-motion induced pathology—"Lofting" is a threat to the public health.” -- The Ergonomist, January 2001Edition

“With Lofting, Alma Marceau joins those women— Bright, Califia, Antoniou most prominent among them—who comprise modern written erotica’s ruling clitorati.” -- from a review in the Yiddishe Bubeemeinse (Chelm) Sunday Literary Supplement , February 25, 2001

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LOFTING will be excerpted in Susie Bright's Best American Erotica 2002 to be published by Simon & Schuster in February 2002.

A Warning to Readers: Lofting violates several tenets of the Virgin / Nexus style manual, and, in addition to depictions of hot sex, may contain large quantities of humour and occasional references to domestic worries.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Simply incredible! Nov. 29 2003
Reading a book that is both erotic and literary is always a treat. Alma Marceau's Lofting is one of the most exquisite erotic novels ever written. As fiendishly graphic as it is beautifully philosophical, Lofting chronicles the unraveling of a woman's electrifying sexual desire. She has decided to surrender her body to her master, but little did she anticipate that she'd end up surrendering her heart...
Lofting is full of wonderful imagery and poetic undertones. To describe this novel as erotic is putting it mildly. It is an extraordinary piece of work, beautiful and lyrical. There are some humorous moments as well. Are you in the bargain for literary erotica? I suggest you pick up this incredible book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sweaty and Giggling Nov. 10 2002
Marceau's "Lofting" gives the reader a vivid tour through a variety of ultra hot sex scenes, while simultaneously offering a French tickler for the funny bone. What style! Marceau's brilliant writing is a feast for all of the senses. Encore!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Delicious Experience... Oct. 24 2002
By A Customer
Lofting left me uncomfortably wet, curious, breathless and panting. I am mystified by Marceau's skill in delivering an intellectual experience while eliciting deep, somatic responses. The effect gave my emotions a rest and allowed me to enjoy a strange, delicious awakening of my senses, and a greater understanding of their boundaries, cravings, and idiosyncracies.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Dig In! Oct. 10 2002
By Yo Mama
If you're squeamish about sex, this novel is not for you. If, on the other hand, you not only like sex, but like it served up piping hot with plenty of funny literate repartee, then Lofting is a sumptuous feast: rich, spicy, and very satisfying. Claire, Andres, and Nick are as compelling as they are unforgettable--a menage of characters who aren't afraid to indulge their wildest appetites (at Chez Marceau, three is not a crowd and handcuffs are de rigueur). My only regret is that Lofting wasn't longer. I can't wait to see what Miss Marceau does next.
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2.0 out of 5 stars a thorough disappointment Sept. 26 2002
By A Customer
Well, it starts out well. The conceit of email sex is skillfully done. In fact, the sexy emails are the only good thing about this book, and when the author unwisely moves away from them, about mid-way through the book, the entire thing falls flat. Aside from the emails, the book is filled with unbelievable characters engaging in anatomically dubious acts described in trite sentences - over and over and over and over. By the end the book has degenerated into a mash of plot-driven pseudo S&M.
Other people's reactions to this book are proof positive that the genitals and the brain are not connected.
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1.0 out of 5 stars a disappointment Sept. 19 2002
By A Customer
I heard so much about this book but it has so little. Pseudo-intellectual language, undeveloped characters, a few nice parts. Not at all what I expected, and not particularly sexy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lofting - Keeping Up With the Joneses July 26 2002
Loved it. When's the movie?
Lofting is a cool and biting collage of "black and whites," capturing a habitue that is very much alive and well. The moral elite will claim disbelief when in reality, it's a simpler case of no longer being invited. For those of us who can and DO live below and above ground, like camera film Lofting shoots nothing more or less than truthful erotic justice, over and over on high speed.
Lofting (thankfully) dispels the smarmy, quixotic notions of BDSM played out in online chatrooms by kooks and pretenders. Those are your run-of-the-mill "Sirs and Ladys" who need to mitigate their own "icky" erotic fantasy with truly whacked schlock of "Knights in Castles accepting Gifts of Submission" from helpless damsels with great underwear.
Lofting brings us real people, including Andres and Nick who are out and another, Claire, who comes out in front of us. The color--to frame these black and whites is great language in dialogue. Not simply real people, we're treated to intelligent, funny, well-read, real and sensitive people--exactly the kind (or one kind) of people who can, should and do live the underground erotic polis, above ground. And once they are out, they live it outrageously, the way it should be and IS lived . Trust this--Alma M is titillating us big-time with a slice of 'something' and you get to decide; is tongue-in-cheek(s) so far-fetched?
Note to Alma M: Next time, provide pics!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lofting, An Everyday Guide to Entertaining July 17 2002
By A Customer
Zabangi! Alma, Claire, Andres and Nick welcome you to a zone so real, it makes us wonder. Just as Nietzsche's "The Gay Science" isn't (necessarily) about cheek to cheek, "Lofting" isn't (simply) about sex. It's about life with real walking papers, after 35. You are now free to go. (And come in any way you please.)
As a computer keyboard finds its way into the knowing, pianist-like fingers of Andres, a musing Claire finds herself in need of the music. Some may find the unyielding banter between them as upwardly pretentious. Consider however, that Merceau has simply polished an old-world patina onto the gutteral groaning groin of our most finely honed, collective orgasm. (What's the point of evolving if you can't go full circle?)
Merceau craftily manages the disconnect between the base, primordial mange of long lost lusty, take-and-beg sticky goo and--"words." Words that have betrayed even the masters for thousands of years. It is not just the words themselves, but the "back and forth" of them that turns these pages for you. One demands that one receives and where there is "faith-in-goo," there is (not unlike Holy Communion) a discovery of wholeness. It is Claire coming full circle, diving to the bottom to reach the top. Walking papers. Certificate of Authenticity. Alas, she has taken arms and joined the men. Freedom rings everywhere, slippery when wet!
Lofting imposes an erotic authenticity of wordage that begins in Instant Messaging, carrying all the way through the real-life scenarios of a faithful Claire and her "already-there" high-priests, Nick and Andres. One demands that one receive and Merceau never sacrifices the erotic authenticity of the well-spoken word of the matter as it is in the moment, for yet another lie of "How we should want.
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